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December 2021

We Want the Funk Festival
December 11, 2021 @ 8:00 pm

Join us for a funky weekend in Downtown Pittsburgh at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. The weekend features musical performances by iconic Funk legends: The Ladies of SKYY, CAMEO, The Original Lakeside, and ZAPP! Hosted by comedian Ralph Harris to keep you laughing, we are ready to get down and groove the weekend away. Buy Tickets The Original Lakeside: Their beginnings were humble and started in Dayton, Ohio a mecca of untapped talent and the home of the…

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TRUTHSayers: Yamiche Alcindor
December 14, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

White House Correspondent, PBS NewsHour; Moderator of Washington Week; NBC and MSNBC Political Contributor In today’s ever-changing political landscape, Yamiche Alcindor has become a go-to voice in analyzing the most critical issues of our time, for Democrats and Republicans alike. As the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, Moderator of Washington Week, and an NBC and MSNBC Political Contributor, Alcindor methodically unravels the steady stream of breaking news to help her listeners – and your audience – make sense of…

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Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Rebroadcast
December 16, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! This summer’s PIJF presented by Citizens at Highmark Stadium was a huge success, but we realize much of our loyal fans still were not able to join us in person. We prepared this special presentation of PIJF just for you. This presentation will feature pre-eminent jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves; Patrice Rushen, The Baylor Project, Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, Jazzmeia Horn, Christian McBride’s New Jawn, Kenny Garrett, Gregory Porter, Lakecia Benjamin, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and Eddie Palmieri Sextet.…

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Lit Fridays with Crystal Joseph
December 17, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday* of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay. *dates may be adjusted to accommodate the holiday Crystal Joseph is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (Maryland), Approved Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Professional Counselor (Virginia), the author of Conversation with a Clinician of Color:…

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Storytime Spotlight
December 21, 2021 @ 6:30 pm

This Storytime Spotlight event looks at the story of Sadie the Hairo by Ki’mm Norita Storytime Spotlight is an educational series presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center that introduces young children to books that features stories, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays. This series highlights Black and Brown children’s book authors and will feature conversations and a live reading with the author. All conversations are moderated by AWACC Senior Education and Community Engagement Manager, Cathryn Calhoun. Conversations are free…

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January 2022

Soul Sessions: Jeff Bradshaw and Eric Roberson
January 1 @ 8:00 pm

Start the New Year off right and full of soul at our New Year's Day concert! Jeff Bradshaw and Eric Roberson are helping us kick off not only the year but also our Soul Session series. Jeff Bradshaw: Funky, soulful, jazzy and fearless when he takes the stage, Jeff Bradshaw has turned the lowly trombone into a powerhouse of sound. Jeff has brought his unique trombone stylings to the music of Erykah Badu, Musiq Soulchild, Floetry, Darius Rucker, Mary J.…

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land + environment: Jessica Gaynelle Moss, Amina K. Cooper, Mavis Gragg, Ricardo iamuuri Robinson
January 7 @ 5:00 pm

A series of virtual discussions that bridge prominent and influential Pittsburgh-based artists and scholars with nationally-recognized Black makers and creators moderated by artist Jessica Gaynelle Moss. Content will be accessible during select weekdays at 5pm EDT via Zoom between November 2021 to January 2022. Amina Cooper is a curator, public arts consultant, public art policy strategist and founder of Amewa Fine Art.  She has over a decade of experience working with fine art and public art collections for leading municipalities, museums…

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growth + development: Jessica Gaynelle Moss, Danny Dunson, Emma Osore, Celeste C. Smith
January 14 @ 5:00 pm

A series of virtual discussions that bridge prominent and influential Pittsburgh-based artists and scholars with nationally-recognized Black makers and creators moderated by artist Jessica Gaynelle Moss. Content will be accessible during select weekdays at 5pm EDT via Zoom between November 2021 to January 2022. Danny Dunson is an art historian, advisor, curator, writer and is currently the Director of Curatorial Services for The DuSable Museum of African-American history. Dunson graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in…

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Spirit Everlasting
January 17 @ 1:00 pm

VIEW HERE Spirit Everlasting: A Tribute to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Join DEMASKUS Theater Collective, special friends, and featured guest Calesta Day as we lovingly celebrate the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the indomitable Spirit that dwells within us.  It has been said that Dr. King carried one book on his person daily, Howard Thurman's Jesus and the Disinherited. Through this presentation, Collective members will read portions from Thurman's classic text that…

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The Vinyl Report
January 20 @ 7:00 pm

The Vinyl Report returns for a second season this month. The 4-part series will provide the viewer insight into Jazz albums with distinctly Pittsburgh ties. These albums feature just some of the many legendary Pittsburgh Jazz innovators from multiple generations and styles. Episodes will air every 3rd Thursday starting January 20 on the AWAACC YouTube channel and pittsburghjazzfest.org. For the first episode, we spend some time with two true Greats: Charlie Parker and Thaddeus Mosely. In addition to being one…

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